Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White Abalone, 64512 [E6-18505]

Download as PDF 64512 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 212 / Thursday, November 2, 2006 / Notices Products, the OMB Peer Review bulletin, and the Information Quality Act guidelines. The CPDC—S&A 1.3 will consist of no more than 20 members to be appointed by the Under Secretary to assure a balanced representation among preeminent scientists, educators, and experts reflecting the full scope of the scientific issues addressed in CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.3. The CPDC— S&A 1.3 will function solely as an advisory body, and in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Its charter will be filed under the Act, fifteen days from the date of publication of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CPDC—S&A 1.3 DFO and Dr. Ming Ji, Program Manager, NOAA/OAR/Climate Program Office, Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction Program, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1215, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone 301–427–2373, e-mail: Ming.Ji@noaa.gov. Dated: October 26, 2006. Mark E. Brown, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 06–9017 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–M DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 092006B] Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White Abalone National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Availability; request for comments. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of the draft White Abalone Recovery Plan (Plan) for public review. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Plan, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before submitting the Plan for final approval. DATES: Comments on the draft Plan must be received by close of business on December 18, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-Mail: whiteabalone.recoveryplan@noaa.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Nov 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 • Fax: 1–562–980–4027, Attention: Melissa Neuman. • Mail: Submit written information to Chief, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802 4213. The draft Plan can be obtained via the Internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov or by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest Region (562) 980–4115. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: White abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) was listed as the first federally endangered marine invertebrate under the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) in May 2001. The ESA (15 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under its jurisdiction, unless it is determined that such plans would not promote the conservation of the species. Accordingly, during the summer of 2002, NMFS appointed a recovery team comprised of experts in the fields of abalone biology and ecology, conservation biology, genetics, population dynamics and modeling, pathology, aquaculture, and marine policy to develop a recovery plan as mandated by the ESA. The purposes of this Recovery Plan are to: (1) delineate those aspects of white abalone biology, life history, and threats that are pertinent to its endangerment and recovery; (2) outline and justify a strategy to achieve recovery; (3) identify the actions necessary to achieve recovery; (4) identify goals and criteria by which to measure the achievement of recovery; (5) serve as an outreach tool by articulating the reasons for white abalone’s endangerment, and by explaining why the particular suite of recovery actions described is the most effective and efficient approach to achieving recovery; (6) help potential cooperators and partners understand the rationale behind the recovery actions identified, and assist them in identifying how they can facilitate recovery; (7) serve as a tool for monitoring recovery activities; and (8) be used to obtain funding for NMFS and its partners by identifying necessary recovery actions and their relative priority in the recovery process. NMFS’ PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ultimate goal is to increase white abalone abundance to viable and selfsustaining levels such that the species can be downlisted to threatened status and eventually removed from the Endangered Species List. NMFS sought a scientific review of the draft Plan by 12 experts in October 2005. NMFS requested that the scientific reviewers consider: (1) issues and assumptions relating to the biological and ecological information of the draft Plan, and (2) scientific data relating to the tasks in the proposed recovery program. Four reviewers responded to NMFS’ request. The recovery team reconvened in June 2006 to consider the reviewer’s comments and incorporate changes to the draft Plan accordingly. NMFS will consider all substantive comments and information presented during the public comment period in the course of finalizing this Plan. Dated: October 27, 2006. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–18505 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 102706C] Marine Mammals; File No. 775–1600 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for amendment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS,166 Water Street, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543–1026 [Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Richard Merrick] has requested a major amendment to Permit No. 775–1600 to take northern right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The amendment request and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)713–0376; Northeast Region, NMFS, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 092006B]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White 
Abalone

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the 
availability of the draft White Abalone Recovery Plan (Plan) for public 
review. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all 
interested parties on the Plan, and will consider all substantive 
comments received during the review period before submitting the Plan 
for final approval.

DATES: Comments on the draft Plan must be received by close of business 
on December 18, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-Mail: whiteabalone.recoveryplan@noaa.gov.
     Fax: 1-562-980-4027, Attention: Melissa Neuman.
     Mail: Submit written information to Chief, Protected 
Resources Division, Southwest Region, National Marine Fisheries 
Service, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802 4213.
    The draft Plan can be obtained via the Internet at: http://
www.nmfs.noaa.gov or by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, NMFS, 
501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest Region 
(562) 980-4115.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: White abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) was 
listed as the first federally endangered marine invertebrate under the 
United States Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) in May 2001. The ESA 
(15 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) develop and implement recovery plans for the 
conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under 
its jurisdiction, unless it is determined that such plans would not 
promote the conservation of the species. Accordingly, during the summer 
of 2002, NMFS appointed a recovery team comprised of experts in the 
fields of abalone biology and ecology, conservation biology, genetics, 
population dynamics and modeling, pathology, aquaculture, and marine 
policy to develop a recovery plan as mandated by the ESA.
    The purposes of this Recovery Plan are to: (1) delineate those 
aspects of white abalone biology, life history, and threats that are 
pertinent to its endangerment and recovery; (2) outline and justify a 
strategy to achieve recovery; (3) identify the actions necessary to 
achieve recovery; (4) identify goals and criteria by which to measure 
the achievement of recovery; (5) serve as an outreach tool by 
articulating the reasons for white abalone's endangerment, and by 
explaining why the particular suite of recovery actions described is 
the most effective and efficient approach to achieving recovery; (6) 
help potential cooperators and partners understand the rationale behind 
the recovery actions identified, and assist them in identifying how 
they can facilitate recovery; (7) serve as a tool for monitoring 
recovery activities; and (8) be used to obtain funding for NMFS and its 
partners by identifying necessary recovery actions and their relative 
priority in the recovery process. NMFS' ultimate goal is to increase 
white abalone abundance to viable and self-sustaining levels such that 
the species can be downlisted to threatened status and eventually 
removed from the Endangered Species List.
    NMFS sought a scientific review of the draft Plan by 12 experts in 
October 2005. NMFS requested that the scientific reviewers consider: 
(1) issues and assumptions relating to the biological and ecological 
information of the draft Plan, and (2) scientific data relating to the 
tasks in the proposed recovery program. Four reviewers responded to 
NMFS' request. The recovery team reconvened in June 2006 to consider 
the reviewer's comments and incorporate changes to the draft Plan 
accordingly. NMFS will consider all substantive comments and 
information presented during the public comment period in the course of 
finalizing this Plan.

    Dated: October 27, 2006.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-18505 Filed 11-1-06; 8:45 am]
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